This is how we feed the community cats every morning, and we do the same every evening, for the past several years.
They are a group of quiet and peaceful cats, their irresponsible owners dumped them or their parents onto the streets, they just want to live/sleep/eat and not be bothered.
We helped spay neuter all of them who showed up in our yard not spayed/neutered. They usually just hangout and sleep in our backyard and comes together just in time for their breakfast and dinner.
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Community cats (Oreo, Shortie and Little Grey) started to show up in our backyard as early as spring 2013, then Dali and Friendly Oreo came onboard about a year later. All of them had tipped ears (signs to show that they had all gone through the TNR process where they were trapped, neutered and then released back). Last year Big Grey and Big Head showed up unaltered and we trapped, neutered and released both back to our yard. The first happy thing in our mornings is to wake up and see all of them healthy and alive and peeking into our glass door waiting for food.
Dali is one of the community cats we feed in our backyard. He appeared around house four years ago already with tipped ears. He wasn’t afraid of people to begin with, and has grown more and more like a house cat. Every night when we come back, he will almost always show up in the front, curl up and demand belly rubs.
Flashback of the lives of 5 community cats in our backyard. They started to show up in 2013 and the number has been solidified to 5. All of them have tipped ears which means the TNR program has already taken care of them, so they won’t produce more innocent community cats to this cruel world.
I first saw this beautiful cat on the day I moved in our current house. It was in the summer of 2012. She kept her distance until the next spring while I was working in the backyard. She quietly sat by my side and watched me working on the pots and plants. I patted her and give her a bowl of cat food. The bowl was empty the next morning.
With the Help of Caring About The Strays (a local animal rescue organization we volunteer for), we trapped her, spayed her and released her back to the location where she was trapped (in short, TNR) on March 12, 2013. We also named her “Snowy”.
After the TNR procedure, Snowy still kept showing up for breakfast and dinner everyday. The only difference was then she had one tipped ear.
We don’t have many photos for Snowy because we didn’t know she would left us so soon… Snowy’s body was found outside of our yard by the street. One side of her head was completely deformed due to the impact of a passing car (we guess) on July 12, 2013. We buried Snowy near one of our sugar apples trees where she used to pass by many times everyday.
Snowy has left us for exactly one year now. We now have up to 5 community cats as regular meal guests in the backyard. All these cats have tipped ears. We will be posting their pictures in the near future.
Friends from Miami based Native Sun Landscaping Company helped us to install Palmetto grass, a type of more shade tolerant St. Augustine grass in our fruit tree occupied front yard.
Our outdoor guest Little Grey seems to like the new grass too!
We invited our community cat guests Shortie, Dali and Oreo to some catnip this evening. They obviously enjoyed it very much! Turn up the sound so you can hear birds happily chirping on the background — we’ve never seen these backyard regulars going after birds, well-fed content outdoor cats just don’t do it. These cats are also all ear-tipped, which means they have all gone through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), the most humane way to treat a community cat — I am reluctant to call them feral cats because they are somewhat friendly toward humans and they live in the neighborhood thus a member of the community. Let them live happily every after..
There are quite a few community cats in our neighborhood. We started to leave cat food outside shortly after we moved in. There are three regulars who come almost every morning and every afternoon. They are Grey, Shortie and Oreo. More story of each cat to follow in the near future. Today I just wanted to share two snapshots we took last July and this month (Feb). The first one was taken by my cell phone, when we saw them stood in line in the front yard waiting for us to come back from some grocery shopping. And the second one was taken on a weekend morning, the three of them showed up in our back yard patio like Déjà vu…